Mike Nelson: Extinction Beckons

22 Feb –⁠ 7 May 2023 Hayward Gallery

The Dark Room - Mike Nelson - England Pavillon - Venice Biennale 2011 - Venice Italy
British Pavilion – Venice Art Biennale – 2011

I first saw Mike Nelson work in the 2011 Venice Biennale where he was occupying the British Pavilion, I quite enjoyed his set-up and particularly the dark room lit with red safety light.

Triple Buff Canyon , the woodshed (2004)

I must say to my shame that his name did not ring a bell when I saw the add for the exhibition at the Hayward Gallery in London’s Southbank. But the picture of one of the artworks ( the one bove) was compelling enough to motivate me going.

Inside view of Triple Buff Canyon , the woodshed (2004)

Remnants of the Dark room were to be found both in a first piece looking like the artist storage room as the chandelier below.

But also in a recreation of the dark room itself, behind the dune of Tripple Buff Canyon

The main piece I think is maze of about 20 rooms, build with salvaged items, quite a bit of quite a bit of queue to get in as the space inside is quite narrow to get in.

The gallery upstairs contains a few pieces like the below part of the Asset Strippers group, you can read more here : https://www.tate.org.uk/whats-on/tate-britain/mike-nelson

The Assets Strippers

The main room of the gallery, which is often the entrance of exhibition if today the last room to be visited. It offers a very striking piece with a 3D metal mesh holding concrete heads Studio Apparatus for Kunst Halle Munster.

Studio Apparatus for Kunst Halle Munster (2014)

A couple more interesting items can be found on the way out including a recreation of the artist studio in the early 2000’s (what a mess 🙂 )

The Amnesiacs (1996-today)

Exhibition is closing on month 7th of March sadly, otherwise I would highly recommend it. I don’t know how long this link will be good bu tyou can check : https://www.southbankcentre.co.uk/whats-on/art-exhibitions/mike-nelson-extinction-beckons?gclid=EAIaIQobChMIyP2zldDE_QIVEO7tCh2pGgtiEAAYASAAEgLW0PD_BwE

(All shots Leica M262+ Summicron 50mmV2, except Triple Buff Canyon shot with 35mmF3.5 ltm summaron, 2011 shot was Nikon D700+Nikkor 50mm1.8D)

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Mike Nelson: Extinction Beckons

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